New Tagging System for Deer Hunters

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Kansas hunters who have already purchased their deer or turkey permits may have noticed something different about the permit's carcass tag this year. In past years, the carcass tag - which must be placed on the deer immediately after it is taken - has been a peel off, sticky-backed tag that wrapped around the leg and stuck together at the ends. This year, that tag has been replaced by one that has holes in either end and no sticky back. After taking a deer or turkey, the hunter must tag it in the same manner as in previous years but must lace a piece of string or wire twist-tie through the holes to secure it to the deer.

"The reason for the new system is that with the old one, the layer of slick backing on the permit prevented the hunter's written information from copying through to the second and third copies of the permits, which are necessary for us to maintain our data base," says Karen Beard, KDWP Licensing Section chief. "Although this system may be slightly less convenient, the hunter's records are protected and both our Licensing and Law Enforcement sections can do their jobs better."

Upon taking a deer or turkey, the hunter must sign the carcass tag and notch out the month and day of harvest. The tag must remain on the animal until it is processed for consumption. Also, the permittee must retain the carcass tag until the animal is consumed, given to another, or otherwise legally disposed of. Unless the hunter has an either sex permit, the head of the animal must accompany the carcass while in transit from the site of the kill to the hunter's residence or processing place.

For more information on big game permits and tags, contact KDWP at (620) 672 5911, email feedbacks@wp.state.ks.us, or visit the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us.